Investment Advisor November 2006

Features

  • Plug 'N Play

    When looking for a new financial planning platform for its sales force of 5,000 advisors, Raymond James's manager of financial planning software, John Catalano, put...

  • Equity Income Ingenuity

    What do clients near, or in, retirement say when advisors counsel them about how much they can prudently take out of their portfolio each year...

  • Package Deal

    If Mindy Ying and Grace Lau spent any money advertising their business, their slogan might be "wealth management services at asset management prices." The co-founders...

  • Thank Goodness: Being Grateful for Our Blessings

    A special time is approaching when Americans sit down together to give heartfelt thanks for the many good things in our lives. It's a day...

  • Fundamental Indexing Goes Main Street

    For many investors, index investing is where they want to be. It is inexpensive, allows broad participation in the market, and can be finely diced...

Beginnings

  • Tell Us How You Really Feel

    I read your article "Board to Death: Reloaded," (Bob Clark's monthly column, Clark at Large) in the September 2006 issue, and am not really sure...

  • Asset Allocation

    To learn this month's recommended asset allocations of Investment Advisor's panel of distinguished economists and money managers, click here Behind the Numbers, with Lincoln...

  • How to Find Good Managerial Talent

    Picking the right hedge fund manager was probably never easy, but in recent years it has become an even greater challenge. Yet it is essential:...

  • Blending In Nicely

    Large-cap blend funds seek to combine the best of both worlds--growth-oriented stocks which provide high earnings growth, tempered by value-oriented issues which offer the stability...

  • Still Not Ready

    Although they might be confident in their savings for retirement, when it comes crunch time, many affluent retirees and pre-retirees find themselves ill equipped because...

  • Good Time to Be an RIA

    If Deborah McWhinney should ever want to change jobs, she could easily become the RIA community's designated cheerleader. When asked in an October interview what...

  • Catching up with...

    Once, if an advisor wanted corporate bonds for a client there were three choices: buying them directly; in a unit trust; or a mutual fund....

  • 300 Million, and Changing

    The Census Bureau made the announcement on October 17 that the population of the United States crossed the 300 million threshold. The makeup of the...

  • Dow Jones Combines CRM and News

    In the race to develop a service for advisors that combines content and client communications, Dow Jones is the latest to market with the launch...

  • Teslik Leaves CFP Board

    Sarah Ball Teslik, who joined the CFP Board of Standards as CEO in 2004 and sparked many changes at the Board, has resigned from the...

  • Group Think

    The Financial Planning Association announced the winners of its first-ever Heart of Financial Planning Distinguished Service Awards, recognizing those who engage in exceptional work and...

  • Changes

    TIAA-CREF announced the election of Forrest Berkley to the CREF Board of Trustees. Berkley will serve on the Investment Committee and the Audit and Compliance...

  • Upgrades

    A new Fidelity Investments poll reveals that 54% of parents with children age 10 or younger who do not have a 529 plan are now...

  • On the Frontier

    Percy Bolton stands out in several ways. He's a thoughtful financial planner and investment consultant to individuals and institutions who nevertheless loves his technological tools,...

  • Enough Already

    When it comes to professions that Americans love to hate, sitting at the bottom of the barrel in most such surveys are used-car salesmen, journalists,...

Columns

  • Just Rewards

    The cartoon strip Dilbert by Scott Adams terrifically captures the essence of business life, and the motivation/demotivation dichotomy is often satirized. In a recent cartoon,...

  • Name Game

    Working on the 2006 Moss Adams Financial Performance Study of Advisory Firms has been an enlightening experience. Not only does the Moss Adams team offer...

  • Digging Deeper

    In last month's article ("Eureka!," Investment Advisor October 2006 cover story)--we discussed the benefits of mining the data in clients' 1040s in an effort to...

  • Watch Those Fees!

    The United States Department of Labor is determined to issue a new fee-disclosure rule by year-end that will require mutual fund companies and retirement plan...

  • Operation Ownership

    At a conference I attended a few years ago, one of the panelists in a "best practices" session proudly boasted that his successful practice had...

Conclusions

  • A Quiet Boom for HSAs

    Among the alphabet soup of consumer-driven health plans, health savings accounts (HSAs) are growing at lightning speed. Since they were created only three years ago,...

  • Advisors: Natural Facilitators

    Last month we addressed how MainStay Investments' 2006 edition of the Across Generations research identified, among mass affluent investors, the communications disconnect between generations when...

  • Buy Local: Real Estate for Income

    Hugh Bromma believes in fortifying clients' retirement plans with big helpings of real estate--not only diversification into REITs, but actual purchases of residential houses in...

  • NEWS & PRODUCTS

    Lipper, Inc., has joined forces with The McHenry Group to launch a retirement planning tool called Lipper Retirement Solutions that will allow financial institutions and...

  • Still Getting It Done

    They may not be making it 'the old fashioned way' with commissions on stock transactions, but in spite of reports of representatives fleeing wirehouses to...

  • NEWS & PRODUCTS

    Bank of America, the second-largest U.S. commercial bank, has begun offering free online stock trades for individual investors who deposit $25,000 or more at the...

  • Insuring the (Previously) Uninsurable

    Getting through the underwriting has become a major issue in buying life insurance, whether whole or term. Much of the difficulty has to do with...

  • Defining Fiduciary

    In 1963, the United States Supreme Court held in SEC v. Capital Gains Research Bureau, Inc., that Section 206 of the Investment Advisers Act of...

  • A Law With an Immediate Effect

    Enacted by Congress in an effort to address perceived shortcomings in the bankruptcy system, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA)...

  • Who Best to Educate the Public?

    Investor education is in sad shape in America today Just turn on your television. You'll find Donald Trump and Robert T. Kiyosaki (Rich Dad, Poor...

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